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Cruisin’ for a Cause 2012

A&W and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada are proud to announce that the fourth annual Cruisin’ for a Cause Day, held on August 23, raised more than $1.25 million for Canadians living with MS.

In total, Cruisin’ for a Cause Day has raised more than $3.3 million in support of the MS Society of Canada and its mission to be a leader in finding a cure for MS and enabling the lives of those touched by the disease.

With three more Canadians diagnosed every day, Canada has one of the highest incidence rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS affects women three times more than men, and it has been diagnosed in children as young as 2 years old. There is no cure – yet.

The MS Society of Canada’s mission is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.

Tips for Finding a Chiropractor

Selecting the best chiropractic can be a little bit daunting especially in an era where there is a myriad of philosophical techniques. The chiropractic treatment is a physical procedure and therefore, one should select the best doctor and ask the necessary questions beforehand. The following are a few red flags for your selection.


Consider the costs of chiropractic

The chiropractic cost varies depending on where you are and the coverage that you may need. If you have a health insurance, you may have an upper hand when it comes to costs. Most of the chiropractic care is insured in Canada. In case you don’t have the insurance, you may need to scan through various chiropractors through direct contact interviews.


Visit reviews

Just to be sure, talk to the people who have been handled by bankershallchiropractic.com They may be friends or families. Some health providers will also provide referrals. Any means you decide to use, you will find the sufficient information you need through as your own standard evaluation. Do not forget to check whether they are covered.


Single out who is problem-specific

Chiropractors are a bunch of broad-based health gurus. If you find a doctor who specializes in your specific problem, he is the right one for you. Chiropractors specialize with a specific area and if you find the one who suits your problem, you landed on the right hands. The main advantage of this kind of specialization is edged on the fact that a specialist will hone his or her wide prowess through a hands-on experience to your ‘problem’.


Scan for education and experience

You don’t want to land on a doctor without education or with a narrow wedge of education. Check for the one who has been in the business for years. The one with a long experience will dig deeper into your problem and unravel it with due diligence. Education will also add to the bulk of the solutions being offered.


The bottom line

Having considered the above-named tips, it is wise enough to make a call to the chiropractor beforehand. Speak to him in advance and if necessary, make prior arrangement for the two of you to meet in advance. Ask more questions in this meeting and expect nothing less than full attention. If the doctor won’t give you attention during this meeting, don’t expect much in the material visit day. If it is easy to communicate with the chiropractor, you will not have a difficult time expressing yourself.


A Winning Taste of Vietnam

There is something about eating a dish at home, and then getting to enjoy it in its country of origin that is truly delicious. Having the golden opportunity to dine with locals was what made Mirra Fine’s food experiences special and that led to an incredible short film, A Taste of Vietnam…

“I first tried Vietnamese food while living in New York City a few years back. There was a modest Pho shop around the corner from my apartment, and I would stop in twice a week to get my fill of the delicious beef broth, long rice noodles and fresh basil. The dish is beautiful in its simple complexity. On the surface, it appears to be noodle soup, but the herbs create a freshness that offsets the richness of the liquid on which it is floating. The squeeze of a ripe lime adds a subtle sweetness, and the bottles of brown and red sauces lining the table next to you, are the secrets behind the depth and color.

This past January, I found myself in Ho Chi Minh City, sitting at a little plastic table on the bustling street watching a Vietnamese woman dispense homemade pho into large bowls while her daughter served them to the lunch crowd. The whole cooking operation took place in a tiny plastic cart (which was decorated with hanging meat and fresh herbs) that housed the large steaming pot of soup. I watched the man across the table from me pile multiple types of basil onto his broth before taking his first bite. Then, as Daniel (my travel companion) filmed, I dove into my own. The pho was incredible, but the experience of being in Vietnam and eating street food as a hundred motorbikes, buses (and even a couple chickens) sped by, was what put that moment over the edge.

We spent two weeks in Vietnam – traveling from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta – with the purpose of filling our stomachs, and our cameras, with as much as each could take in. The colours and flavours of the country almost will you to capture them in some way, and we did our best: We rode bicycles through the countryside in Hoi An, we met a fisherman who drew pictures of his catch on Danang Beach, and we ate and drank beer with a group of men outside a restaurant in Hanoi who invited us to sit down and partake in the stewed fish cooking right on the table. The fast pace of Vietnam and its people is exhilarating and overwhelming, and the food… the food was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. We tried to capture the whole experience in our short film A Taste of Vietnam, but I encourage you to go see the country for yourself.”

Daniel and Mirra’s A Taste of Vietnam video is up for a Vimeo Festival Award (in the Lyrical Category). Please help them win by voting here. Once you’ve joined Vimeo (it’s easy and free) you can vote once a day, so we urge you to vote often before 30 April, 2012!

Solo in Sydney | Thoughts on Travel and Life

It’s been quite an eventful year so far of being there for new friends and figuring out what’s next. Before the fireworks on NYE, Svenja started feeling a bit ill, and by new year’s day, was doubled over in pain from stomach cramps. She ended up passing out, and we had to call an ambulance to bring her to the hospital. They couldn’t find what was wrong and sent her home even though she was still in pain. The girls were meant to fly to Melbourne that day, and ended up not taking the flight. Instead, we shared a hotel room so Svenja could lay down and try to get some rest. The next day, Michi, Kris and I walked around the city to give Svenja time to rest. They booked a bus to Melbourne, but Svenja was still not feeling great so she ended up getting a flight back to Brisbane and the other girls headed down to Melbourne.

I felt so bad for her – she’s been working so hard to save up and travel before her classes start up again in February, and she wasn’t able to go. She had a good attitude that maybe it happened for a reason, but I know she was still devastated and felt terrible the other girls missed the flight and had to rebook on the bus. For me, I felt bad that there wasn’t much I could do to help. Even though I’ve only known them a week, I feel like we are part of a traveling family and wanted to do more.

Now that I’m on my own again, though, it’s time to figure out what’s next for me. At the moment, I’m looking for a short-term place to rent while I sell my van and decide what I’m going to do after this. My friend Leish is coming to visit for a few weeks, so I’m hoping to have the van sold before then so I don’t have to worry about it. After that, I think I’m going to book a flight to Brisbane to celebrate Michi’s birthday at the end of the month. And then, who knows? My flight back to the states is set for the 31st, and so far I haven’t decided what I’ll do in terms of taking it or trying to change it. I have a lot of things to decide before I figure out whether to continue my travels or head back home.

I am really enjoying being in a different country on my own – every day is a completely different experience from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. Sometimes it can get lonely and I miss my friends and family, but I also know that there is something new to discover around every corner here, and I’m certainly never at a loss for things to do.

Time to head out and get some things done. I hope everyone had an amazing new year’s filled with loved ones and happiness. Take advantage of the start of a new decade to dream big and follow your heart! Cheers!